Xpediter/CICS is the premier product choice for interactive, source-level testing of COBOL, Assembler, C, and PL/I programs. With Xpediter/CICS you can interactively analyze and test at the source code level to understand how programs process data and logic. Programmers can even see the potential impact of program logic changes before any changes are made. Xpediter automates the testing and debugging process within the development life cycle, so your applications move quickly into production--and stay there.
Users drive Xpediter/CICS sessions either through the classic character-based 3270 screens, or through the modernized Eclipse graphical user interface provided by Xpediter/Eclipse. Xpediter/Eclipse is provided at no charge and supports a large subset of Xpediter/CICS functionality.
A new option of the GO command, OVER, has been implemented to allow COBOL programmers to step through the execution of a PERFORM statement where the first operand of the PERFORM is a paragraph or section name. This option, coded as GO OVER , will execute the paragraph or section and return control at the next executable statement following the PERFORM. In Topaz Workbench, if positioned at a COBOL PERFORM paragraph or section, the STEP OVER button can be used to perform the same function.
Enhanced functionality to collect Xpediter/CICS usage data and provide records to Enterprise Common Components to upload for use and analysis by zAdviser. zAdviser can then measure quality, velocity, and efficiency of Mainframe development. Refer to the Enterprise Common Components Advanced Configuration Guide for Release 17.02 for detailed instructions on how to enable the creation of zAdviser records.
The step “Installing Xpediter/CICS Diagnostic Modules” in the Xpediter/CICS Advanced Configuration Guide has been removed. The modules in SMXDAAFX are now included as a part of Abend-AID (PTF CFF347J). If the SMXDAAFX library was previously added to the Abend-AID for CICS viewing server JCL, it may be removed at a convenient time.
Compuware has enhanced the Compuware PARMLIB parameter processing, including centralized parameter validation. Additionally, some parameters for the Compuware products were changed to reduce their complexity and make them easier to understand and configure. With this Cumulative Maintenance these changes have been incorporated into the sample parameter members that are supplied in the target sample library.
Enterprise Common Components (ECC) 17.02 with current maintenance applied provides a parameter migration utility to assist with updating any existing Compuware parameter members at your site. Please refer to the Enterprise Common Components Installation and Configuration Guide for more information about using this utility.
IMPORTANT : In addition to the new FMID and media, the corresponding PTF in the range PA01268 through PA01272 is also required and should be applied to any Xpediter/CICS 17.02.00 FMIDs already installed.
Compuware Shared Services (CSS) can now provide Embedded Source Support (ESS), allowing DDIO information to be stored directly in a program’s load module. For more information, see the Enterprise Common Components Release Notes .
Compuware provides the Compuware Mainframe Services Controller (CMSC) facility to centralize common parameter library services. This facility will replace the options specified in previous releases in the Configuration Module and the parameters specified at Xpediter startup.
Xpediter/CICS now provides an OPTSUPP (optimization suppression) parameter allowing you to suppress unwanted “Warning, Program Optimized” messages presented at the bottom of the screen if COBOL 5.x or above is used when compile options TEST and either OPT(1) or OPT(2) specified.
• Xpediter/CICS 17.02 adds the use of the CICS command INQUIRE ASSOCIATION. If the CICS SIT has CMDSEC=YES, an update may be required to permit Xpediter users to use that command. More information can be found in the CICS Knowledge Center, under the title “CICS resources subject to command security checking”.
• A currently supported release of either Compuware Workbench, Topaz, or Topaz Workbench is required for Xpediter/Eclipse testing in a CICS region running on a different LPAR from the one running the Host Communication Interface (HCI) task to which the Workbench is connected.
• To enable IBM Password Phrase Authentication for z/OS when connecting via Topaz Workbench, see the step entitled “Configure Topaz Workbench Integration” in the Xpediter/CICS Installation and Configuration Guide and follow the instructions there. In the same manual, in the section entitled “Define Listener to IP CICS Sockets”, parameter MSGLEN is shown set to 61. To use Password Phrase Authentication, set MSGLEN to 512.